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Olivia's African Dream

Olivia's African Dream

Date: Friday, 10 March 2017

This was my first time travelling alone overseas so far from home so, naturally, I had some reservations and safety concerns. I can’t tell you how much stress and pressure was removed by directing my trip through IWH! I was able to book 10 months ...

Hannah's Panda Adventure in China

Hannah's Panda Adventure in China

Date: Wednesday, 8 March 2017

My panda, a 17year old female called Le Shen (meaning life happiness) was the most gorgeous creature, who was shy at first, but once she realised that I was the one to bring her panda cake and apples every day, she and I were inseparable. ...

Aimee's Canadian Adventure | Dogs Sledding Ranch Stay

Aimee's Canadian Adventure | Dogs Sledding Ranch Stay

Date: Thursday, 2 March 2017

I wasn’t ready to leave the place I had called home for the past 10 weeks. I felt like I had become a part of something and it was the greatest feeling ever. You grow this tight bond with the dogs, being there for that long and it was sad to leave ...

Update from Namibia

Update from Namibia

Date: Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Lots of rescues this last month at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary. An Aardwolf, a baby zebra, a leopard and a baboon! How did it all end? ...

Why You Just Need To Do The Kruger Tour

Why You Just Need To Do The Kruger Tour

Date: Wednesday, 22 February 2017

For the girls who were brave enough we signed up to do the big swing. A 70 meter drop into a gorge backwards and then into a giant swing. My legs shook and knees buckled as we were told to lean back. I somehow managed to get on the lap of the girl ...

IWH Bucket List | The Adventure Edition

IWH Bucket List | The Adventure Edition

Date: Thursday, 1 December 2016

There are so many amazing places to see and so many extraordinary things to experience in our crazy big world. We’ve created our ultimate top 10 bucket list adventures for activity must dos when you're abroad. ...

Proving this leopard does not kill livestock - Wildlife Sanctuary

Proving this leopard does not kill livestock - Wildlife Sanctuary

Date: Monday, 7 November 2016

Re-fitted with a GPS collar on 12 October, Lightning has not only become the most successful Wildlife Sanctuary release study, but she also holds the record for being the world’s longest monitored free roaming leopard - seven magnificent years!
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10 Things You Thought You Knew About Volunteering Abroad

10 Things You Thought You Knew About Volunteering Abroad

Date: Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Find out the most common misconceptions people tend to have when it comes to volunteer adventures. ...

Rapid Response Team Work - Namibia Wildlife Project

Rapid Response Team Work - Namibia Wildlife Project

Date: Wednesday, 5 October 2016

The Rapid Response Team at the Wildlife Sanctuary we send volunteers to in Namibia had an interesting September! If you love leopards then you need to see what happened. ...

Mother shot - baby saved at Wildlife Sanctuary

Mother shot - baby saved at Wildlife Sanctuary

Date: Wednesday, 5 October 2016

We say a huge hello to a tiny baboon baby. Found clinging to his mother’s dead body, having survived the horrific ordeal of her shooting, this wee bundle, estimated to be just two weeks old, was quickly delivered into the hands of the Wildlife ...

Saving Hope the Abused Baboon

Saving Hope the Abused Baboon

Date: Wednesday, 5 October 2016

July this year saw a baboon beating all odds. Having survived months of abuse at the hands of humans – being forced to succumb to the inexplicable cruelty and wrath that humanity so tragically embodies at times, Hope came to the sanctuary, ...

25 Reasons Everyone Needs to Travel from IWH

25 Reasons Everyone Needs to Travel from IWH

Date: Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Whether you’ve got the travel bug or not, it’s imperative that you spend time overseas (more than once!) during your life. Yes, it can be expensive and yes, we all have commitments with work and family - but the fact is, if you never get out there ...

Saving The Precious Pangolins

Saving The Precious Pangolins

Date: Sunday, 2 October 2016

Trafficked on a horrific scale globally, pangolins face an uncertain future, and tragically have become the world's most hunted mammal. Their scales are revered in Asia where they are thought to cure a host of ailments, and this absurd superstition ...

Interview with a Husky Ranch Eastern Canada Volunteer

Interview with a Husky Ranch Eastern Canada Volunteer

Date: Thursday, 15 September 2016

Rasmus is from Denmark and adored his time at the Husky Ranch in Eastern Canada and wants more Kiwis to do it! Find out what he has to say about it here

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Brexit and Employment in the UK

Brexit and Employment in the UK

Date: Friday, 15 July 2016

After the result of the Brexit referendum was announced, International Working Holidays has been receiving a lot of questions about employment in the UK and if jobs are readily available. We wanted to tell you straight up to not worry! ...

I love Camp Sunnyside, I love the campers too, I love the cooks and I love the staff so true

I love Camp Sunnyside, I love the campers too, I love the cooks and I love the staff so true

Date: Tuesday, 28 June 2016

"My experience with the Camp America program has been great, very supportive and all the help I can get online or with various Camp America Representatives along the way has been very useful." ...

Princesses, Pop Stars, Me & IWH

Princesses, Pop Stars, Me & IWH

Date: Monday, 27 June 2016

I started International Working Holidays after spending three years on my own amazing OE. I came home wanted one thing - to help as many kiwis as possible to experience the very cool thing that is the Kiwi Big OE ...

Meet the IWH OE Advisor

Meet the IWH OE Advisor

Date: Friday, 17 June 2016

Hi I’m Shelby Cooper and I am now working for International Working Holidays (IWH) as an OE Advisor and I love it!
This is a job which I scored from participating in the programmes myself and love of making a positive difference in other people’s ...

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